- Think about career opportunities. Which subjects interest or motivate you to succeed?
- Meet with a counselor to create a four-year plan that will guide you
in taking the right courses in your field of interest and also fulfill
the requirements of the college you want to pursue.
- Earn good grades. Your grades will play a big part in which college you can get into and the scholarships you can earn.
- Get involved in community work or other kinds of volunteering in
your field of interest. Not only is it good for others, it’s good for
you – and, it will look great on your college application.
- Save money now to pay for school later.
- Apply for a social security number, if you do not already have one.
- Think about finding the right college for you. Look at schools
offering programs in your field of study or satisfy your person needs
(i.e. Hawaii vs. mainland schools).
- Prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) by taking the PSAT.
While community colleges do not require the SAT, it’s still a good idea
to take the test to keep your options open.
- Keep your grades up. Strive to get into Advanced Placement (AP) or Running Start classes to earn college credit.
- Begin researching financial aid options. Find out what you need to be able to apply for scholarships.
- Research colleges in more depth. Call, write or email each school
for more information (i.e. admission requirements, degrees offered, cost
of attendance and campus life.) Attend a college fair.
- Make a list of important deadlines for college admission and financial aid applications.
- Take college admissions tests such as the ACT and the SAT.
- Visit several of your top college choices to get a feel for which
school is right for you. If you can’t visit in person, find out if the
college has a virtual tour online.
- Keep track of all your deadlines for applications, tests, and financial aid.
- Ask teachers, employers, clergy or other significant adults for letters of recommendation you may need.
- Narrow your college choices to the three or four you like best and keep track of your findings.
- If you are not satisfied with your SAT and ACT scores, retake them.
If you attending a community college, you’ll have to take the COMPASS
Placements Tests in Reading, Writing and Math.
- Apply for admission to your top three of four college choices.
- With your family’s help, complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid and file it as soon as you can after January 1st. Consider
all options for paying for school.
- Keep photocopies of everything you send out.
- Respond promptly to any requests for any additional information from colleges or financial aid offices.
- Evaluate financial aid offers carefully.
- Decide which college you’ll attend and send in any forms or deposits
by the deadline. Some colleges will require you to get health
- Sign and return your college’s financial aid offer, nothing the parts you accept and those you decline.
- If other schools have accepted you, notify them you won’t be attending.
- Send your final grade transcript to your college.